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Join us for the Kyanite Press Halloween Issue Launch Party!

Hello readers, authors, and friendly folks who found this page by accident!

We’re excited to announce the launch of the first annual Halloween edition of the Kyanite Press! It features over 20 amazing authors and guest editor in chief Sophia LeRoux! The best part is, it’s double-sized!

The Kyanite Press Halloween edition drops on October 1st, 2018 and we’ll be having a launch party all day on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Each platform will have its own giveaway and content (including a year subscription!), so be sure to check us out on all of them!

October will be a big month for us, as we’re also launching two (2) e-books! “Night Shift,” by B.K. Bass will be available 10.12.2018 and “Dead Boat,” by Anthony Redden will be available 10.26.2018!

We hope to see you on our social media on Monday, the 1st of October!

*The Kyanite Press is available in paperback and ebook formats. Neither feature any outside advertising. The subscription options are an affordable way to make sure you never miss an issue!

If you love what we’re doing with the Press, the greatest compliment you can give us is passing it along to a friend! And don’t forget, we’re looking for retailers to stock this awesome journal! If you know of any, send them to our Director of Marketing and Distribution at sam@kyanitepublishing.com.

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Launch Day Q&A with Editor in Chief B.K. Bass

It’s a special day here at Kyanite Publishing because we’re launching our first volume of the Kyanite Press! You can order it now from our website or Amazon. It’s also being carried at The Wyvern’s Tale in Asheville, NC and in more locations soon!

We’ve received a ton of questions from interested readers and writers. Editor in Chief, B.K. Bass answers the most pressing (get it?) below. If you have more questions for B.K., simply comment or send an email to info@kyanitepublishing.com! We’ll do our best to answer within 48 hours.

 

How do you pick the stories? Is there anything you’re looking for in particular?

Quality is the primary factor.  I’m looking for stories that are polished with an easy, readable flow.  Considering the Press publishes only short fiction, the narrative needs to be tightly constructed and convey its message within a limited length. I want to find stories that are either fast-paced and entertaining or that offer something new to the world.  Something that breaks the rules or explores an idea that hasn’t been explored before. Either way, the story needs to be a lot of fun or very intellectually engaging.

 

Does an author need a platform to submit?

No! One of the benefits of being a Kyanite Press author is that you have a permanent home on our website with links to your website and social media accounts. It’s a way to refer traffic to your platform, but if you don’t have a way to engage the audience it won’t do much for you.  If you just want to submit for fun or see your words in print, that’s not a problem. Not everybody is after the same thing.

 

What are your standard contract terms?

We use a licensing agreement.  The author retains all rights to the work.  In other words, they give us permission to use the story. We ask for a 90-day exclusivity. After, the author is free to publish the story anywhere. We have annual anthologies planned, and the author will receive a pro rata royalty for those sales.

 

Where will the Kyanite Press be sold?

As of September 2018, it’s available online through retailers such as Amazon, at The Wyvern’s Tale in North Carolina, and on our website. We are growing every day and will be adding retailers to our website as we reach terms.  Check out our events page for conferences and book fairs we’ll be attending – the Press will be sold there, too!

 

Is appearing in the Kyanite Press a good step to securing a book deal with Kyanite Publishing?

Establishing mutually beneficial relationships with all our authors and creating a family atmosphere within our community is our core philosophy. Publishing a short story with the Kyanite Press is a great way to start building that relationship but it’s in no way a requirement.

 

Tell us about the Halloween issue. How will it be different?

The Halloween volume is 100% horror.  We accept speculative horror for the Press year-round, but this issue is dedicated to it.  It’s also a whopping 200+ pages!

 

Does the Press take speculative romance/erotica short stories, like Kyanite Kiss?

If you have something that’s action-packed with a romantic sub-plot, that would be more up our alley. Think of the old pulp fiction magazines in the 1920’s, and you’ll have an idea of what we are looking for.  We’re marketing to a wide audience and at family-friend conferences, so a sexy, blonde cyberpunk detective or a scantily clad damsel in distress saved by the sword-wielding barbarian is great, but they can’t indulge in any graphic sex on our pages.

 

Well, that’s it for this round of questions and answers about the Kyanite Press. Stay tuned for more insider posts next week!

 

-Sam Hendricks

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Kyanite Press First Issue!

The first issue of the Kyanite Press is coming out in just a week!  On Saturday, September 1st, 2018, a new speculative fiction journal will be released upon the world!

To celebrate, we are giving away a complimentary upgrade to a 1-year print subscription for one person who pre-orders between 8/25/18 and 8/31/18.

To be entered in this drawing, all you have to do is follow THIS LINK and pre-order the first issue of the Kyanite Press in print for $8.85.  One lucky reader will get upgraded to the $48.85 value 1-year print subscription for no additional cost!

In this premier issue of The Kyanite Press we explore distant worlds where gladiators battle fierce monsters, a post apocalyptic future where nothing is what it seems, the thoughts of a man driven insane by cosmic horrors, and more!  This amazing issue is jam-packed with some of the most innovative speculative fiction we have seen in a long time!  Don’t miss this premier issue that is sure to become a collector’s item!

The Kyanite Press

Volume 1, Issue 1
SEP/OCT 2018

PRE-ORDER PRODUCT – Available September 1st, 2018

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What’s a publishing committee?

Hello and good afternoon!

We’re getting a lot of questions about our processes from interested authors – and rightfully so. We’re a brand new company, our author-owned and operated concept is rare, we don’t have a “bestseller” between us, and none of us went to a prestigious writing program or worked for a big five publisher. To shed more light on who we are, whether we’d be a good fit for your goals, and how our business model, vision, and daily operations will sell stories and connect lifelong, loyal readers with our authors, I’ll be sharing an inside look at something new each week.

Today I want to talk about one of the most important things we do: select stories for publication.

Whether we find stories or they find us, it usually begins with B.K. (Brian) Bass, Director of Acquisitions. He reads the synopsis and sample the author provided and makes a recommendation to move forward or pass. There are exceptions to this process, especially regarding our imprints.

Kyanite Glass (digital), Crypt (horror), and Kiss (romance) are managed by myself, Brian, and Sophia respectively. We have a special interest in those types of stories and we usually take a leadership role with titles fitting our purview. Regardless of who is acting as acquisitions editor on a title, if all three board members approve we request a full manuscript. Once it’s delivered, all three of us read it (often outside office hours).

Describing, dissecting, and deciding which titles and authors to work with is the cornerstone of our operation and the best part of our job. Of course, we chat about the stories we’re excited about and the cool connections we make every day, but we also hold an official meeting about once a week. Our vision is to demonstrate unparalleled dedication to our authors, so we do not publish stories receiving anything but ecstatic, unanimous approval.

At this time, our publishing committee is comprised of all three author-owners: myself (Sam Hendricks), Brian Bass, and Sophia LeRoux. All three of us are lifelong science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans with a real love for storytelling. (We’re interested in many other genres, and we may choose to grow Kyanite to match those interests).

Stay tuned for more posts about contracts, international authors, international sales, daily operations, cover design, printing, distribution, marketing, publicity, community giving, events, and subsidiary rights!

-Sam Hendricks

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Kyanite Press Open Submissions

We want to see your science fiction and fantasy short story in the pages of the Kyanite Press, a periodical journal of science fiction and fantasy.  Join a growing family of creative talent and help us to discover amazing new worlds and mystical landscapes!

We are looking for science fiction and fantasy short stories between 500-7,500 words and SFF themed poetry. For longer pieces please refer to our main submissions page for information on submitting for a book contract.

Please include a cover letter in the email body with a short (50) word bio, story synopsis, and contact information including website address and social media links.  The story itself should be attached to the email in .doc or .docx format.  Please include “Kyanite Press Submission” in the subject line.

Send your cover letter and attached submission to info@kyanitepublishing.com.

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Press Release 7-11-2018

JULY 11TH, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KYANITE PUBLISHING LLC, a limited liability company registered in the state of Colorado, announced a soft launch on July 11th, 2018. Their official launch, which will include their Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 titles, will take place on August 11th and 12th, 2018.

The Kyanite Publishing LLC Vision: To bring forth thought-provoking and timeless pieces of fiction in the categories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and provide unparalleled value to authors and readers.

Kyanite Publishing LLC is managed by three authors and member-owners. Their names and titles are as follows: Sam Hendricks, Marketing Director and Editor in Chief of Kyanite Glass; B.K. Bass, Acquisitions Director and Editor in Chief of The Kyanite Press and Kyanite Crypt; Sophia LeRoux, Operations Director and Managing Editor of Kyanite Kiss/Associate Editor of Kyanite Crypt.

“We (Kyanite Publishing LLC, including its subsidiaries and imprints) are more than an independent, speculative fiction publisher. We’re a community of authors and readers and a safe space to gather. The publishing industry is changing and making room for more stories from diverse backgrounds and in edgy sub-genres. We’re excited to leverage our experience in business operations, marketing, and publishing for our authors.” – Sam Hendricks

The Kyanite Press is a bimonthly literary magazine featuring short fiction, author interviews and bios, and contests with cash prizes. Issues will be anthologized annually.

Imprints include Kyanite Glass, digitally publishing science fiction and fantasy short novels, novellas, serials, and intertwining stories; Kyanite Kiss, publishing science fiction and fantasy romance; and Kyanite Crypt publishing horror.

Kyanite Publishing LLC is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Brick and mortar offices are being established in the town’s mid-town neighborhood in partnership with a local commercial real estate agency. Kyanite Publishing LLC lives by the “shop local” philosophy and is currently seeking collaborations with local businesses, book sellers, and organizations.